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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Not many jewelry retailers can say their store ope...

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

Fifty years ago, Qurino Ruzza, with 20 years as a ...

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelr...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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MJSA appoints David Cochran as President/CEO

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) - David W. Cochran, a longtime industry veteran whose experience ranges from owning his own jewelry manufacturing operation to managing the brands of premier Fortune 500 companies, has been named president/CEO of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA).


The appointment follows a year-long search that ran concurrently with the development of MJSA's Strategic Plan, which the association recently released.


"During his 30-plus years in the jewelry industry, David has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategic initiatives, and of ensuring his companies reach their potential," said Curtis Ley, MJSA's interim president/CEO, who chaired both the search committee and the strategic review task force. "He'll provide the leadership the association needs to realize its strategic vision and to help our members overcome the global challenges they face."


Most recently, Cochran served as president/CEO and director of The Robbins Co. in Attleboro, Massachusetts, an ISO-certified supplier of recognition and incentive awards for corporations such as Coca-Cola, IBM, and Proctor & Gamble. Under his leadership, the company restructured its operations and, based on client input, invested in web-based retail technology and re-merchandised its product offerings, leading to an overall improvement in gross income. In 2007, Cochran coordinated a successful merger between Robbins and The Tharpe Co. to create one of the nation's largest employee recognition and awards companies.


For the majority of his career (1976 to 1996), Cochran served as president/CEO and owner of R.F. Simmons Co., an Attleboro-based jewelry manufacturer. Recruited by its owner, Amtel, Inc., in 1976 after Simmons suffered several years of poor management and financial turmoil, Cochran strengthened the company's product development, created niche marketing plans, and implemented cost-saving strategies. He purchased the company in 1978, and his initiatives led to a tripling of the company's revenues as it secured national accounts ranging from Zales and Helzberg Diamonds to Amway, and also developed a healthy private-label business.


In addition, Cochran served as president/CEO of Town & Country Fine Jewelry Group, where he was hired by the board and bondholders to guide the company smoothly through a reorganization and orderly sale of assets, and as a director of Monrovia, California-based Barry's Jewelers (Samuel's Jewelers), where he performed the same duties and returned the company to profitability.


Cochran began his career in the jewelry industry as senior product manager with the Speidel division of Textron, Inc. in Providence, where he was charged with strengthening the marketing and business model of the company's Speidel watch brand and jewelry divisions. Prior to this, he served in senior management and marketing capacities with General Foods Corp., Warner Lambert Co., and American Optical Canada.


Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America's (MJSA) mission is to provide the resources and support necessary for U.S.-based jewelry designers, manufacturers, and suppliers to compete successfully. For more information on the association, visit mjsa.org.


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